On Monday morning seven robust cyclists took to the road in Brackenfell to end in Oudtshoorn next week after a gruelling 470km journey.
Joining the cyclists from the Mountain View Cycling Club from Goodwood Correctional Services is Jody Adams, a young man with Down Syndrome.
Their mission: to raise money for the cause and celebrate 40 years of awareness of this condition in the Western Cape.
The Down Syndrome Association Western Cape (DSAWC) was formed in 1976 to provide support and services to people with Down Syndrome (DS) and other similar intellectual disabilities, and their families.
“Our programmes are aimed at improving their quality of life in order to help them find their purpose in life. We want people with DS to develop to their full potential to take their rightful place in society as independent and valued citizens,” says organisation spokesperson Liza Rossouw.
For the past 16 years DSAWC has been the beneficiary of the money raised by the Mountain View Cycling Club on their annual cycle tour to Oudtshoorn.
The group of 10, which includes support staff, will stop at various towns along the route to create awareness for DS.
This is done through visits to schools, churches and corporates along the way, who all participate and support this event.
An aspiring singer in his own right, Jody will be singing at some of the schools they visit.
“This year is a very special year for DSAWC as we are celebrating our 40th birthday. The cycle tour will be the first of many events during the year. We want to thank all the schools, businesses and individuals who have participated over the past 16 years. Without your support the success of this annual cycle tour would not be possible. And of course we also want to thank the Mountain View Cycle Club for their commitment and continuous support with this annual event.”
Rossouw invites the public to participate and join in the 40-year celebrations throughout this year.
“A small financial contribution has a huge impact on our work.”